Shield Fern

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Southern Shield Fern - Thelypteris Kunthii Hardy Planting Zones- 7-10 Sun or Shade – Sun and Partial Shade Mature Height - 24-48" Mature Width- 12-48" Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner

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Shield Fern

Shield Fern - Polystichum setiferum. Although it may appear tropical, the Shield Fern is a has feathery fronds that are hardy in texture and are thicker than most ferns. This plant is native to North America as well as southern and western Europe. The bright green fronds measure from 12 to 47 inches in length and have clusters of spores underneath. The fronds grow tall and triangular. They are a vibrant green color during the spring and summer months and turn bronze in autumn. Shield ferns tend to thrive in moist soil but can withstand drought. They're easy to grow and are exceptional for groundcover.

Shield Fern is deficient maintenance. Shield Fern is very easy to grow. You can also pick it out by its feathery, deep green fronds that give it a beautiful tropical look. It even goes by the names wood fern, regular shield fern, river fern, and the Kunth’s Maiden fern. They are very hardy. This plant is the best to add to your landscape especially when you are contrasting bolder leaved plants. Its native habitat is the Southeast region of North America. In a serene woodland setting, it also adapts well to dry conditions once it is established. Care should be taken when buying this plant. It is not evergreen and will eventually die in the winter. It will need regular watering mostly just weekly or more frequently if the weather is on the warm side. When landscaping the best placements for them are as a border, dry shade, ground cover, rock garden, woodland garden. This is the perfect fern for beginners in the garden sector. This fern is most at home in the wetlands. This is a robust fern the only issue it could have is not enough water or moisture. It is not an evergreen fern so in the winter and fall it gives off this gorgeous bronze color.


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